On the first Saturday in February*, thousands of libraries across the world celebrate Take Your Child to the Library Day by offering free, fun, fabulous activities for families.Your local library is an ideal place for children to play, discover, make friends, and have fun. And Take Your Child to the Library Day is the perfect time to discover some library magic.From magicians to craft programs, ice cream socials to storytimes, each library offers something unique and delightful.
Visit your library’s website or give them a call to see what they have planned. Then mark your calendar for Take Your Child to the Library Day. Stop in for a visit. Enjoy the activities. Get a library card (they're free!), meet your children's librarian, and explore all the wonders that your local library has to offer your family. And be sure to stop in again soon – because every day is a great day to take your child to the library.
*Your library may choose to celebrate on an alternate day in February.
FIND A PARTICIPATING LIBRARY
Check out our interactive map to find a Take Your Child to the Library Day activity near you! More libraries are added each week, so be sure to check back often to see who joins the fun!
Don't see a library near you?Encourage your local library to sign up here.
why Children NEED LIBRARIES
Because child readers become grown-up leaders. Children who are proficient in reading by the end of grade 3 are significantly more likely to graduate high school, opening doors to a bright future.
Because storytime is a key building block to school success. Library storytimes and programs for babies and preschoolers teach social and academic skills that directly translate to early school success.
Because the internet is for everyone. Libraries provide key access to internet, wifi, computers and other devices, ensuring all children start on a level playing field.
Because homework shouldn't cause headaches. After school programs provide improved school performance, decreased drug use, and foundational life skills.
Because libraries transform lives. Every day your local library is creating connections, igniting curiosity, and enriching lives.
Though every library is different, each one offers a wealth of programs and services with your family in mind!
Books for the whole family
Educational & enrichment programs
Board game collections, toys and puzzles
Seed libraries and community gardens
Library of Things - power tools, yard games, cake pans, and so much more!
Community and connection
Newspapers, magazines and research databases
Technology resources including free WiFi
Libraries support THE entire familY
Support for Lifelong Reading
At your library, you can find summer reading programs, story time, book clubs, reading recommendations, and more to help your entire family read what they love.
Resources for Learning & Play
Find books, digital resources, hotspots, power tools, board games, museum passes, cake pans, plant seeds, and more at your local library!
Study Spaces & Gathering Places
Libraries provide meeting rooms and learning spaces, cozy places to work, and opportunities to connect with your community over activities and interests.
Expert Research Help
Trained librarians curate collections to provide accurate information and balanced perspectives. They'll help you go beyond search engines to get the answers you need.
Job & Career Assistance
Looking for a change? Libraries offer resources to help you explore careers and land jobs, from powerful online tools to resume review and interview prep services.
Learn New Skills & Pursue Passions
Learn to code, 3D print, or garden. Improve your language skills, become a citizen, or get inspired by a fascinating speaker. There's so much to learn and do at your library!
History of Take Your CHILD to the Library Day
Take Your Child to the Library Day (TYCLD) was founded in 2011 at the Waterford Public Library in Connecticut by retired librarian Nadine Lipman with help from librarian Caitlin Augusta and author/illustrator Nancy Elizabeth Wallace.
Since the launch of TYCLD in 2011, celebrations have been held across the United States and Canada and around the world, serving 48.7 million people.
Take Your Child to the Library Day is supported by the